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9:00 a.m. Jan. 19, 2021 - Barrons.com
Schwab Stock Gains as Trading Revenue Rises. State Street Did Pretty Well, Too. Strong markets and attention to controlling costs helped boost profit for the two financial companies this past quarter.
8:17 a.m. Jan. 19, 2021 - Barrons.com
Seeking Safe Income? Preferreds Are Worth a Look as Rates Rise. These stocks offer solid yields with less price risk than many bonds. Another play for income investors: preferreds issued by mortgage REITs.
7:56 a.m. Jan. 19, 2021 - By Andrea Riquier
China ETFs surge on GDP beatChinese growth-stock exchange-traded funds roared higher Tuesday, the first trading day in the U.S. after the country said it had had economic growth that beat analyst expectations and surpassed pre-pandemic rates of growth. Gross domestic product rose 6.5% in the fourth quarter compared to a year earlier, according to a release from the National Bureau of Statistics, higher than Q4 2019 growth of 6.0%. The Global X MSCI China Information Technology ETF and the Invesco China Technology ETF both jumped 5.6% by midday Tuesday, while the iShares MSCI China Small-Cap ETF was up 5.3%. Many Western analysts maintain some skepticism about official Chinese government reports on economic health. Still, the centralized government has been better able to coordinate a pandemic response than more diverse countries like the U.S.
4:24 a.m. Jan. 19, 2021 - By Mark DeCambre
Bitcoin ETF? A crypto Holy Grail. But don't expect to see one soon, say expertsBitcoin prices are on the rise, notwithstanding a recent bout of weakness, but experts interviewed by MarketWatch caution that although it may feel inevitable, an exchange-traded fund backed by digital-currency may not occur as quickly as enthusiasts might hope.
3:03 a.m. Jan. 19, 2021 - By Michael Brush
Here are the biggest stock market winners and losers in Biden’s massive stimulus planSectors including banking, biotech, gold mining, green energy and infrastructure will be in play this year.
1:00 a.m. Jan. 19, 2021 - Barrons.com
The Dogs of the Dow and Other High Yielders Keep Roaring Into 2021 Convertible bonds remain hot, but the preferred stock market has pulled back.
3:42 p.m. Jan. 18, 2021 - Barrons.com
Welcome to the Roaring ’20s, but Maybe Not for Stocks, Our Experts Say The 10 investment pros on the Barron’s Roundtable see the U.S. economy growing 4% to 6% this year as Covid is defeated. But lofty valuations could limit the market’s gains. Plus, 9 picks from Bill Priest and Meryl Witmer
2:00 a.m. Jan. 18, 2021 - Barrons.com
Alaska Loaded Up on Tesla Stock. Here Are 3 Stocks It Sold. Alaska’s Department of Revenue dramatically raised its investment in Tesla stock, and reduced investments in Intel, Gilead Sciences, and Qualcomm shares in the fourth quarter.
4:40 a.m. Jan. 17, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My spendthrift fiancée, 30, refused to sign a prenup. Would it be wrong to secretly put my assets in a trust? This man writes, ‘I love her dearly, but I am really concerned’This man writes, ‘I love her dearly, but I am really concerned.’
6:03 a.m. Jan. 16, 2021 - By Philip van Doorn
Investors have a golden opportunity in this overlooked stock market sectorInvestors have pushed down apartment-building values too far during the pandemic, according to three money managers.
2:18 a.m. Jan. 16, 2021 - By MarketWatch
These money and investing tips can help you give your portfolio free reinThese money and investing stories were popular with MarketWatch readers this past week.
2:00 a.m. Jan. 16, 2021 - Barrons.com
Big Pension Bought Up Tesla, Apple, Microsoft, and GE Stock The Louisiana State Employees’ Retirement System initiated a large position in electric-vehicle giant Tesla, and added to stakes in Apple, Microsoft, and General Electric in the fourth quarter.
3:36 p.m. Jan. 15, 2021 - Barrons.com
3M Stock Is Unloved and Underpriced. Here’s Why It Could Shoot Up Higher. While it’s known as the maker of Post-it Notes, Scotch tape, and Ace bandages, 3M makes the adhesives, abrasives, and chemicals companies need to do what they do. It’s poised to ride an economic rebound.
3:19 p.m. Jan. 15, 2021 - Barrons.com
Barron’s 2020 Quiz Winner Gets an Unusually High Score The winner of Barron’s annual quiz posted a score of 15 out of a possible 18. That’s not easy.
8:19 a.m. Jan. 15, 2021 - Barrons.com
ARK Invest Lifts Space Stocks With ETF Announcement ARK Invest’s disruption guru Cathie Wood has put the spotlight on stocks focused on space, J.P. Morgan analyst Seth Seifman examined what is likely to go into the exchange-traded fund.
6:30 a.m. Jan. 15, 2021 - By Andrea Riquier
Utilities ETFs outperform as investors make defensive betsExchange-traded funds exposed to utilities outperformed on Friday as investors fled stocks and other risky assets. The Utilities Select Sector SPDR Fund was up 0.5%, one of the only ETFs tracking the 11 sectors of the S&P 500 to be above water. Invesco's S&P 500 Equal Weight Utilities ETF jumped 0.6%, and both the Vanguard Utilities ETF and the iShares U.S. Utilities ETF gained 0.5%. Stocks lost ground Friday after some analysts pointed out that an ambitious fiscal relief plan from President-Elect Joe Biden was likely to face an uphill battle in Congress, even as economic data continued to disappoint.
4:37 a.m. Jan. 15, 2021 - By Mark Hulbert
What if you could clone your investment adviser and save money? Well, now you canMark Hulbert on replicating mutual funds via exchange traded funds.
3:23 p.m. Jan. 14, 2021 - Barrons.com
5 Stocks That Could Benefit From ARK’s Planned Space ETF Space investing is heating up, and a noted Tesla bull is planning an exchange-traded fund to invest in the sector. Space stocks gained in response on Thursday.
12:28 p.m. Jan. 14, 2021 - MarketWatch.com
Shareholder voting is another electoral process that needs more access and transparencyThe proxy advisory industry is broken and here's how to fix it.
9:22 a.m. Jan. 14, 2021 - By Myra P. Saefong
Gold prices end lower on rise in U.S. bond yields, risk-on sentiment Gold futures finish with a modest loss on Thursday, as the recent rise in U.S. bond yields and a firmer dollar, as well as strength in the stock market created some headwinds for bullion buying.
8:09 a.m. Jan. 14, 2021 - Barrons.com
ARK’s Cathie Wood Is Launching a Space ETF. The Sector Is Soaring. Although the fund isn’t on the market yet and its exact holdings are unknown, the news itself was bullish enough to spark a rally in many companies related to the space business.
7:27 a.m. Jan. 14, 2021 - Barrons.com
Want to Use ETFs to Play Biotech? Choose Wisely. Differences in focus, size of holdings, and weightings add to difficulty in choosing the right fund. Why ARK Genomic Revolution and SPDR S&P Biotech ETFs stand out.
7:04 a.m. Jan. 14, 2021 - By Andrea Riquier
Commodities ETFs outperform as demand growsExchange-traded funds linked to commodities rallied on Thursday as investors bet stronger economic growth would continue to drive prices for raw goods and materials higher. The First Trust Tactical Commodity Strategy Fund was 0.6% higher midday, as was the United States Commodity Index Fund . The United States Copper Index Fund , a pure-play approach to a metal many see as a barometer of economic growth because of its widespread usage, gained more than 1.3%. While higher prices for commodities signal stronger economic growth, its flip side is higher prices for finished goods - inflation.
7:00 a.m. Jan. 14, 2021 - By Andrea Riquier
ETF Wrap: Stagflation, space, crypto and conversions ETF Wrap is a briefing of what investors need to know about the exchange-traded fund sector, including exclusive commentary and interviews on the industry from MarketWatch
6:44 a.m. Jan. 14, 2021 - By Quentin Fottrell
My son, 23, pays me rent. He has saved $10,000 living with me. Should I ask him to leave when he hits 26? This mother asks, ‘What can he do to help maximize the money he has saved? And how should I invest the money he is giving me?’This mother asks, ‘What can he do to help maximize the money he has saved? And how should I invest the money he is giving me?’
2:20 a.m. Jan. 14, 2021 - Barrons.com
BlackRock Stock Gains as Earnings Top Forecasts. It Wasn’t Just ETFs. BlackRock’s CEO cited “record client demand for active equity, sustainable, cash and alternative investment strategies.”
1:36 a.m. Jan. 14, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
BlackRock stock heads toward another record after profit, revenue rise above expectationsShares of BlackRock Inc. rose 1.8% in premarket trading Thursday, putting them on track for a seventh-straight record close, after the asset manager, with $8.7 trillion in assets under management, reported fourth-quarter profit and revenue that rose above expectations. Net income grew to $1.55 billion, or $10.02 a share, from $1.30 billion, or $8.29 a share, in the year-ago period. Excluding non-recurring items, adjusted earnings per share rose to $10.18 from $8.34, and beat the FactSet consensus of $9.14. Revneue increased 13% to $4.48 billion, above the FactSet consensus of $4.27 billion. Total net inflows were $127 billion, and were positive across investment styles, product type and region, boosted by strength in its iShares exchange-traded funds and active strategies. The stock has rallied 21.9% over the past three months through Wednesday, while the S&P 500 has gained 9.2%.
1:00 a.m. Jan. 14, 2021 - Barrons.com
2 Options Strategies for These Heated Times It’s one thing to profit from momentum. It’s another thing to buy at the tippy-tip top. Here’s how to protect yourself while staying in the game.
12:28 a.m. Jan. 14, 2021 - By Steve Goldstein
Virgin Galactic jumps after ARK files to launch space exploration ETFVirgin Galactic jumped 11% in premarket trade after ARK Investment Management filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission . ARK didn't identify what companies it would hold in the fund. ARK manages several popular exchange-traded funds.
12:00 a.m. Jan. 14, 2021 - Barrons.com
Podcast: Federal Reserve’s Corporate Bond and ETF Portfolio Hits $14 Billion The Federal Reserve’s has increased its holdings of companies’ debt. Financing to the real economy is up in China. And consumer services have the least inflation since 2011.
4:38 a.m. Jan. 13, 2021 - Barrons.com
How to Play Bond King Jeffrey Gundlach’s Favorite Income Pick for 2021 The chief executive and founder of DoubleLine suggested looking at a beaten-up and unloved sector of credit markets: bank loans.
6:08 a.m. Jan. 12, 2021 - By Andrea Riquier
'Reopening' ETFs rally Tuesday as work-from-home plays lagEconomically sensitive sector funds outperformed those that have done well during the coronavirus pandemic Tuesday, as investors continued to look forward to a post-lockdown world. The Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund was 3.5% higher by late morning, making it the biggest gainer among the exchange-traded funds that track the 11 sectors of the S&P 500. The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund gained 1.6%, and the Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund was up 1.2%. The day's biggest loser was the Communication Services Select Sector SPDR Fund , down nearly 1%, which contains stocks that enabled remote work through the pandemic, as well as social-media giants like Facebook Inc. , which have faced criticism over their handling of content blamed for contributing to election-related violence.
4:11 a.m. Jan. 12, 2021 - By Andrea Riquier
Hedge funds had their best year since 2009 but still can't keep up with the stock marketHedge fund managers couldn't keep up with broader measures of stock-market performance, even in the most unsettled markets in a long time.
4:55 a.m. Jan. 11, 2021 - By Andrea Riquier
Social media ETFs slump Monday in wake of Trump bansShares of social media companies were sharply lower Monday after several of them banned President Donald Trump from their platforms, helping drag down the exchange-traded funds that invest in them. Twitter Inc. shares were down nearly 9% mid-morning, off earlier lows, while shares of Facebook Inc. lost 3.2%. The Global X Social Media ETF, one of the biggest ETF holders of Twitter shares, was down 2.8%, and the Invesco Dynamic Media ETF was down 0.8%. The Communication Services Select Sector SPDR fund, which has roughly 20% of its portfolio allocated to Facebook shares, was 1.6% lower.
12:30 a.m. Jan. 11, 2021 - Barrons.com
Your 401(k) Could Soon Offer Annuities for Lifetime Income Target-date funds will soon include annuities and maybe even private equity, as the $1.5 trillion industry tries to improve retirement security
9:54 a.m. Jan. 10, 2021 - Barrons.com
New Opportunities and Risks Arise for Investors as Democrats Take Power Investors need to look beyond the chaos to economic growth as more stimulus arrives and the pandemic recedes. Yet tax increases and greater regulation also loom under Biden.
9:41 a.m. Jan. 10, 2021 - Barrons.com
Working Harder for a Diversified Portfolio With S&P 500 index funds skewed toward the largest stocks, investors have to work harder to get diversified. Here’s how—and why it matters.
11:38 a.m. Jan. 9, 2021 - By MarketWatch
These money and investing tips can help your portfolio stand up to the market’s shakes and shiftsThese money and investing stories were popular with MarketWatch readers over the past week.
10:53 a.m. Jan. 9, 2021 - By Alessandra Malito
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10:34 a.m. Jan. 9, 2021 - MarketWatch.com
Earnings momentum strategies made big money but are now losing the big mo'Value stocks look poised to outperform growth rivals in 2021.
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